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LeBron James, Heat respond to Frank Vogel's 'next team in our way' comment

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11:08 PM ET 05.19 | After the Pacers eliminated the Knicks in six games on Saturday, coach Frank Vogel looked ahead to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat. "Oh, it's exciting," he said. "But this is not about getting back at Miami. You're in the final four, you're competing for a championship, you're competing for a championship. And they're just the next team that's in our way. And that's how we're approaching it." LeBron James didn't take too kindly to some of the wording Vogel used to describe the Heat, and the league MVP pointed this out on Sunday. "We're not just another team," James said. "I don't understand what he's saying. But we're not just another team. It's not true." There's some history between the Heat and Pacers, as the two teams engaged in a physical six-game series in the second-round of last year's postseason. There was a war of words before that series as well, and the barbs being traded now will only add more tension to what should be another good battle.

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May 19, 2013  11:33 PM ET

It is not a very good idea to call the champions just another team. Unless you are trying to get beat down.

May 19, 2013  11:41 PM ET

Vogel just ensured that the Heat don't approach Game 1 in the same way they approached the Bulls. Haven't the Pacers already learned that they can't get in Miami's head? Look what happened to Daddy Granger last year against the Heat. He tried to be tough and intimidate Lebron, but in the end, his talking turned out to be less effective than his play.

May 19, 2013  11:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Vogel just ensured that the Heat don't approach Game 1 in the same way they approached the Bulls. Haven't the Pacers already learned that they can't get in Miami's head? Look what happened to Daddy Granger last year against the Heat. He tried to be tough and intimidate Lebron, but in the end, his talking turned out to be less effective than his play.

Danny Granger ***

May 19, 2013  11:52 PM ET

C'mon now. This is getting too childish. The coach didn't say anything disrespectful, he said the right things FOR HIS TEAM!!!
If Lebron is looking to every other guy to satisfy his big fat ego, he should just not listen to the news. This is beyond ridiculous.

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May 20, 2013  03:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

C'mon now. This is getting too childish. The coach didn't say anything disrespectful, he said the right things FOR HIS TEAM!!!If Lebron is looking to every other guy to satisfy his big fat ego, he should just not listen to the news. This is beyond ridiculous.

I agree. Talk about LeBron taking words out of context. Vogel was clearly talking about for his team, the Pacers, that it doesn't matter what team it is. It a team that is between them and the championship. LeBron has no respect, but thinks he deserves a ton of it. Go Pacers. Hope this series gets rough. Might be a good one. Old school. Here's hoping.

May 20, 2013  03:55 AM ET

Yes I agree. I was watching the conference and there wasn't anything malicious behind Vogel's words. If anything, he was trying to avoid pumping up his team's ego or anything similar. The Pacer's are like the equivalent to the West's Grizzlies. Lunch pale, hard hat, going to work.

May 20, 2013  09:02 AM ET

How in the least bit was what Vogel said offensive or "calling out" the Heat? He was saying how this isn't a revenge series. The Pacers goal for the season isn't beating the Heat, it's winning a championship. It's the same goal as any other team looking to be a contender. This is much ado about nothing

May 20, 2013  10:19 AM ET

Hey Frank, it might be best to keep the hungry lion in the cage before you poke him. Better yet...not poke him at all.

May 20, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Not a smart move by any stretch of the imagination....

May 20, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It is not a very good idea to call the champions just another team. Unless you are trying to get beat down.

(Slurp...slurp...slurp...)

May 20, 2013  12:07 PM ET

This is going to be a joke of a series. I won't be watching any of the rest of the rest of the NBA season.

May 20, 2013  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

C'mon now. This is getting too childish. The coach didn't say anything disrespectful, he said the right things FOR HIS TEAM!!!If Lebron is looking to every other guy to satisfy his big fat ego, he should just not listen to the news. This is beyond ridiculous.

Lebron is not too bright on this one! Vogel didn't try to disrespect the Heat. Leave it to Lebron to make a big deal out of it and take it out of context. Lebron, you guys are the champions. You don't need to say it out.

 
May 20, 2013  06:20 PM ET

Over blown faction. James' kryptonite is that he reacts to very perceived slight. All he had to do was post it and take it out on them on the court. I heard the comment in its entirety and there is nothing to it. James is the best ball player in the world right now but he over reacts to stuff. This is why the physical play of Boston, Indiana and Chicago do not sit well with him. His response is to whine and not to make them suffer which he can do whenever he wants to.

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